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Match Preview: Pompey v Peterborough

All you need to know about League One clash

1 September 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Peterborough

All you need to know about League One clash

1 September 2023

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There is a strong sense of déjà vu about Pompey’s League One clash with Peterborough at Fratton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

It was only a few days ago that the sides met at the same venue in the second round of the Carabao Cup, with the visitors triumphing on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

But the teams are expected to look completely different for this latest contest, with a combined 21 changes having been made in midweek.

Darren Ferguson’s men got the league campaign off to an excellent start with successive wins over Reading, Charlton and Barnsley.

But defeat at Northampton was followed by last Saturday’s 4-2 London Road loss to Derby, which saw Martyn Waghorn net a 16-minute hat-trick in the first half.

It leaves Posh sitting 10th in the standings at this early stage – level on points with Pompey, but three places worse off because of an inferior goal difference.

Both sides won 2-1 on their own patch in last season’s meetings between the pair, with Dane Scarlett’s brace securing the points on the south coast.

Peterborough did go on to make the play-offs, but threw away a four-goal lead after the first leg to lose to Sheffield Wednesday on penalties.

Josh Dockerill (knee), Tom Lowery (knee), Anthony Scully (knee) and Kusini Yengi (ankle) all remain sidelined for Pompey.

And Joe Rafferty will also be absent, as he serves the second game of a three-match ban for being sent off at Stevenage.

But midfielder Tino Anjorin is available to make his Blues bow after completing a season-long loan switch from Chelsea.

Will Blackmore (hip) and Jeando Fuch (thigh) are injured for the visitors, who could hand debuts to new loan signings Jadel Katongo and Zak Sturge.

Read the thoughts of John Mousinho ahead of the game and find out what Tino Anjorin thinks about his Fratton loan switch.

Pompey: 13 wins
Peterborough: 13 wins
9 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
Peterborough: 7 wins
3 draws

With limited availability for Saturday’s game, click here to secure your seat online and avoid any booking fees.

If you are heading to the game, then click here to read our matchday guide and find out what is happening around the ground.

Please note that industrial action means no trains are scheduled to arrive at Portsmouth stations throughout the day.

Referee: David Rock
Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett and Johnathon Bickerdike
Fourth Official: Kevin Morris

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch all the action live, with four-camera coverage and accompanying commentary.

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We will have key updates throughout the game on Twitter and a detailed blog via the match centre.

There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either BBC Radio Solent or Express FM (not available online).

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